Just nine three-year-olds have been confirmed to line up for Friday’s Group 2 Bill Stutt Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley Racecourse, offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning bet.
A proven performer over a mile having taken out the Group 1 J.J. Atkins (1600m) at Eagle Farm on June 7th, classy gelding Almalad has opened as and maintained status as clear favourite for success in Bill Stutt Stakes betting markets, currently available at odds of $2.90 at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Securing three race wins from his five competitive starts so far, Almalad won the Nuturf Plate (1000m) comfortably on debut in December before immediately returning to the paddock.
Charging home to win the TAB Early Quaddie Plate (1200m) by close to four lengths upon returning to the track on May 24th, the Al Maher gelding more than stamped his claims as a serious spring contender when securing a maiden victory at the highest level of Australian racing in taking out the J.J. Atkins in just his third appearance on course.
Disappointing when beating just one runner home in the Group 3 Run To The Rose (1200m) first-up on August 24th, Almalad reacted favourably to a step-up in distance in the Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) last time out, finishing a credible fourth.
Allocated barrier 6, Almalad will be partnered by regular jockey Tommy Berry in the Bill Stutt Stakes and is more than worth consideration for a bet at current odds.
While yet to experience much more than a sprinkling of bets for success in Stutt Stakes markets, Chivalry has maintained status as sole occupant on the second line of betting, currently available at $3.50 odds.
Finishing outside the places just once in six career starts to date, Chivalry debuted to racing with a close second in the Leadwest Plate (1000m) on December 14th before breaking through for a maiden race win in the Quest Moonee Valley Plate (1000m) just two weeks later.
Placing third in the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m) and mid-pack in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m), the Street Cry colt has returned to the track in exceptional form this season; winning the Group 3 McNeil Stakes 1200m) first-up before finishing a close second in the Listed Living Legends Stakes (1400m) last time out on September 13th.
Allocated the ideal barrier 1, Chivalry offers punters great value for money at current odds for success in the 2014 Bill Stutt Stakes.
Maintaining odds of $8 since final Bill Stutt Stakes betting markets first opened on Wednesday, Caveka will have to overcome the wide and somewhat awkward barrier 9 on Friday evening, but is sure to be boosted by leading jockey Luke Nolen.
Winning two of three starts so far, the Written Tycoon gelding was unable to figure in his only black type start to date, but appears ready for a successful step up in the Bill Stutt Stakes after overcoming a talented field which included the likes of War Point and Lotion in the City Jeep Handicap (1500m) most recently on September 6th.
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